• Disney Legend Dave Smith Reveals Which Classic Was Almost Included in Fantasia—Plus More of Your Questions Answered!

    Ask Dave

    Ask Dave: February 21–May 25, 2015

    Find out which classic nearly was included in Fantasia, what inspired the character design for Sleeping Beauty, and more when Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith answers Disney fans’ questions in this installment of Ask Dave.
  • The Walt Disney Archives to Present

    Disney News

    Announcing "Disneyland: The Exhibit"

    The Walt Disney Archives announced it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park's incredible history. With its wide variety of classic and contemporary objects, "Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: Th...
  • Walt Disney Archives Christmas Countdown

    Exhibits

    Walt Disney Archives Christmas Countdown

    On December 1, the Walt Disney Archives "unwrapped" the first of 23 unique present boxes that are being displayed in the lobby of the Frank G. Wells Building on the Disney Studio lot.
  • Walt Disney Archives Introduces a New Exhibit on the Walt Disney Studios Lot

    Exhibits

    New Exhibit at Walt Disney Studios

    Upon entering the Archives Reading Room, the first thing you'll notice is a detailed recreation of an animator's office from 1940—the year The Walt Disney Studios debuted its new Kem Weber-designed facility.
  • The Lost Songs From Frozen

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    The Lost Songs From Frozen

    Find out this answer as well as many others sent to Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith, from February 19 to March 5, 2014.
  • Dave Smith Reveals Where the “33” in Disneyland's Exclusive and Famed Club 33 Comes From

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    The Origin of the Number “33”

    Find out this answer as well as many others sent to Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith, from January 15 to February 18, 2014.
  • Find Out Where the Inspiration for Dreamfinder and Figment Came From

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    Where Did Figment Come From?

    Find out this answer as well as many others sent to Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith, from October 26, 2013 to January 13, 2014.

Ask Dave

Disney Legend Dave Smith Reveals Which Classic Was Almost Included in Fantasia—Plus More of Your Questions Answered!

July 9, 2015

Find out which classic nearly was included in Fantasia, what inspired the character design for Sleeping Beauty, and more when Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith answers Disney fans’ questions in this installment of Ask Dave.


Disney News

The Walt Disney Archives to Present “Disneyland: The Exhibit” at D23 EXPO 2015

May 12, 2015

The Walt Disney Archives announced it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park’s incredible history. With its wide variety of classic and contemporary objects, “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO.


Ask Dave

Find Out About Mary Poppins’ “Special” Effects from Disney Legend Dave Smith

April 23, 2015

The Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus reveals some surprising details behind Mary Poppins’ flying nannies and answers more questions sent by Disney fans from November 6, 2014–February 16 2015.


Exhibits

All-New Walt Disney Archives Display Celebrates 75 Years of the Disney Studio

February 26, 2015

More than 25 items—including many never-before-displayed by the Archives—pay tribute to Walt’s “dream factory” and the legendary productions made there.


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Find Out About Frozen’s Fairytale Beginnings from Disney Legend Dave Smith

January 21, 2015

Learn the answer to this question, as well as many others sent to Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith, from August 1 to November 5, 2014.